On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 24

Events in Sport

  • 1877 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45.5
  • 1879 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40.5
  • 1900 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21¼
  • 1905 39th Belmont: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08
  • 1918 Cleveland Indians Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched (19) as the Indians beat the Yankees 3-2

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1929 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Bradman scores 252* Australia v Surrey, 290 mins, 29 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1930 Babe Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1935 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phil 1)
  • 1940 1st night game at NY's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
  • 1940 1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
  • 1940 NY Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
  • 1964 Panic in Lima Peru soccer stadium, kills 300
  • 1967 AFL grants a franchise to Cincinnati Bengals
  • 1968 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)

  • 1972 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner's Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1979 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
  • 1980 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: In first Finals appearance, NY Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4 in OT for a 4 games to 2 series win
  • 1981 Bobby Unser wins, loses, & wins a controversial Indy 500
  • 1984 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • 1986 Stanley Cup Final, Saddledome, Calgary, AL: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4-3 for 4-1 series victory

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1987 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Jane Geddes wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1987 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Sr, 47, wins his 4th Indy 500
  • 1988 Power outage in Boston Garden in NHL's Stanley Cup finals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 NHL's NY Rangers fire GM & coach Phil Esposito

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1989 NY Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30-2/3 innings before giving up his 1st run of season
  • 1989 33rd European Cup: Milan beats Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 at Barcelona
  • 1990 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers' 5th Cup win in 7 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • 1992 Despite trailing 7-1, NY Yanks tie Milwaukee Brewers & then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game
  • 1993 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Islanders, 4 games to 1
  • 1994 NHL Western Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 1995 3rd UEFA Champions League Final: Ajax beats Milan 1-0 at Vienna
  • 1998 Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
  • 2000 8th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Valencia 3-0 at Saint-Denis
  • 2003 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Auckland Blues beat defending champion Canterbury Crusaders, 21-17 for their 3rd title
  • 2009 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:19:34.6427 (241.913 km/h)
  • 2009 Manchester United wins 1-0 at Hull City Stadium to win English Premier League title for 3rd consecutive season, for a second time; equals Liverpool's record of 18 league titles
  • 2009 IPL Cricket Final, New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, RSA: Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 runs; Herschelle Gibbs top scores, 53 (48)
  • 2010 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 1
  • 2011 NHL Western Conference Finals: Vancouver Canucks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 1
  • 2014 UEFA Champions League Final, Lisbon: Real Madrid beats cross town rivals Atlético Madrid, 4-1 after extra time; scores locked at 1-1 in regulation; Los Blancos record 10th title
  • 2015 Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 3:05:56.5286 (259.653 km/h)
  • 2015 IPL Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs; Lendl Simmons top scores, 68 (45)
  • 2017 UEFA Europa League won by Manchester United 2-0 against Ajax in Stockholm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 US President Donald Trump posthumously pardons boxer Jack Johnson for racially orientated criminal conviction - transporting a white woman across state lines

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1895 Hunter "Stork" Hendry, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder post-WWI), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1988)
  • 1899 Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (French C'ships 1925-26, Wimbledon 1919-23, 25), born in Paris, France (d. 1938)
  • 1900 Lionel Conacher "The Big Train", Canadian athlete and politician, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1954)
  • 1901 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (Uruguay national team captain for FIFA 1930), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1968)
  • 1910 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1913 Audrey Brown, British 4 X 100m runner (Olympic silver 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Willi Daume, German olympic organizer, born in Hückeswagen, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Len Maddocks, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Australian mid-50's) (d. 2016)
  • 1927 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1933 Hemchandra Tukaram "Bal" Dani, Indian cricketer (Test Ind v Pak, 1-19, ct 1, DNB), born in Dudhani, Maharashtra (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Glen Hall, South African cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964), born in Pretoria, Transvaal (d. 1987)
  • 1942 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1946 Irina Szewińska, Polish athlete, administrator (Olympic various sprint gold 1964, 68, 76), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Thomas Nordahl, Swedish soccer midfielder and manager (15 caps; Örebro), born in Norrköping, Sweden
  • 1950 Jo Ann Washam, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Auburn, Washington
  • 1955 Thad Ackel, American racehorse trainer
  • 1960 Pete Metzelaars, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, Lions)
  • 1962 Bev Lidyoff, Huntington Park Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1994)
  • 1962 Dorothy Trapp, equestrian 3-day (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962 Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC super featherweight 1983-84, WBC lightweight 1985-87, WBO jr. welterweight twice 1989-1992), born in Bayamón, PR
  • 1963 Horace Holden Jr., American slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963 Joe Dumars, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Detroit Pistons; 6-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1963 Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1963 Rich Rodriguez, American football coach, born in Grant Town, West Virginia
  • 1963 Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1964 Adrian Moorhouse, British 100m breaststroker (Olympic gold 1988), born in Bradford, England
  • 1964 Elizabeth McColgan, British running star (world record 5 km indoor), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1964 Pat Verbeek, NHL forward (Team Canada, NY Rangers), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1965 Chris Jorgis, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1966 Tony Jones, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Royston, Georgia
  • 1966 Eric Cantona, French footballer and actor (Looking for Eric), born in Marseille, France
  • 1966 Ricky Craven, American NASCAR driver, born in Newburgh, Maine
  • 1967 Margaret Crowley, Australian 800m/1500m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Jerry Dipoto, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1969 Martin McCague, England team cricketer (in Ulster AIS product, Eng quickie 1993-94), born in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • 1970 Jeff Zgonina, American NFL defensive tackle (Carolina Panthers, Packers, Rams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Nick Castaneda, American pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1971 Paul Ragusa, Canadian 48 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Bülach, Switzerland
  • 1971 Troy Barnett, American NFL defensive end (NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1972 Danny Bautista, Dominican baseball outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Petra Schwarz-Ritter, Austrian tennis star (1988 Futures-Bari-ITA), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1972 Tito Paul, American NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Kissimmee, Florida
  • 1972 Viktor Ujčík, Czech hockey player (Team Czech Rep), born in Jihlava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Ville Peltonen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • 1973 Karim Alami, Moroccan tennis star, born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1974 Ace Custis, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Eastville, Virginia
  • 1974 Marcus Coleman, American football defensive back (NY Jets), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1974 Maria Alejandra Vento, Venezuelan tennis star (1995 Futures-Braz), born in Caracas
  • 1974 Natalie Neaton, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1974 Masahide Kobayashi, Japanese baseball player, born in Yamanashi, Yamanashi, Japan
  • 1975 Katie King-Crowley, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Salem, New Hampshire
  • 1975 Yannis Goumas, Greek footballer (Greece national team), born in Ampelonas, Greece
  • 1975 Marc Gagnon, Canadian short track speed skater (Olympic gold 1998, 2002), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
  • 1976 Catherine Cox, Australian netballer, born in Whangarei, New Zealand
  • 1978 Jade Winter, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Brad Penny, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Blackwell, Oklahoma
  • 1978 Johan Holmqvist, Swedish hockey player, born in Tolfta, Sweden
  • 1979 Tracy McGrady, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 2001–07; NBA scoring champion 2003, 04; Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets), born in Bartow, Florida
  • 1979 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter and professional wrestler, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1982 Bill Haas, American golfer (6 PGA Tour titles), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1982 Issah Ahmed, Ghanaian football player, born in Dawu, Ghana
  • 1984 Brodney Pool, American football player (Cleveland Browns), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1985 Tim Bridgman, British racing driver, born in Harlow, England
  • 1987 Guillaume Latendresse, French-Canadian hockey player, born in Sainte-Catherine, Quebec, Canada
  • 1990 Joey Logano, American racecar driver, born in Middletown, Connecticut

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1995 Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (22) weds pediatrician Anjali Mehta (28)

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar

Deaths in Sport

  • 1908 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1861-62, 64, 67), dies as result of a fall at 86

Person of interestJim Barnes

1966 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1988 Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • 2007 Bill Johnston, Australian cricketer (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Morrie Martin, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1922)
  • 2013 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), dies at 70
  • 2013 Antonio Puchades, Spanish footballer (23 caps), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • 2014 David Allen, English cricketer (England off-spinner of 60's), dies at 78